Armenia Steps Up Role in Euro Atlantic Partnership

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Issues of political and economic security of the region–regional stability and cooperation–safety of energy resources and other problems were discussed at the seminar on the "Influence of economic difficulties on the security of the South Caucasian countries in the period of transition," held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) on November 26.

"Our common goal is to cooperate in order to strengthen and extend peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic and the Caucus," said Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian in his welcoming speech. He said that the EAPC is one of the European organizations actively involved in the region and cooperation with them is a top priority for Armenian foreign policy makers.

According to the minister–continuing the strategic cooperation within the CIS Collective Security Treaty–Armenia plans to play a more active role in its Euro-Atlantic Partnership. Oskanian pointed out that Armenia increased its participation in various arrangemen’s held within the "Partnership for peace" program significantly.

Armenia believes that the development of the EAPC is an integral part of the architecture of European security. "One of the main goals of Armenia in the EAPC is to use the opportunities of this structure to stimulate regional cooperation and strengthen the trust between the region’s countries," said the foreign minister.

Oskanian said that in the near future–Armenia will host other EAPC seminars specifically dealing with the prevention of the illegal distribution of light weapons–and emergency management administration.

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